"Fly Express" - St. Petersburg to Moscow

Mar 9th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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"Fly Express" - St. Petersburg to Moscow

Looking into this airline (Russian?) for a flight between these two cities. The cheapest one way is $11 US!! Anyone ever flown with them?
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Mar 13th, 2011, 10:19 AM
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that price sounds too good to be true. the train is pretty quick and much more convenient.
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Mar 13th, 2011, 11:00 AM
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First, the airline is Sky Express.

Extra charges are (roughly) $32 in taxes and fees, $5 or $11 for seat assignment, up to $3 a pound for baggage in excess of 15 kg pp, delay insurance (!!!) for about $5 and talking to them on the phone is a buck a minute. Would you trust such an airline? I know several FAA people who won't.

Aeroflot is only $65 including taxes and fees and they have a better selection of flights to choose from.
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Mar 14th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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OK - so Sky Express is scary.

I looked train travel - seems it takes only 4 hours and is $119/per person U.S.
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Mar 14th, 2011, 05:41 PM
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I flew SVO-LEN. To do it, I took the subway to the ring, rode around o connect to another line and went a few stops. Then boarded a bus to go to the airport. At the airport took a shuttle over to the terminal (a pretty good distance) where the flight was. Through security and the terminal to the gate and shuttle to the plane. At St P, got a bus into the city and then subway and walk to the hotel.

On the way back: walk to subway to the station, train to Moscow, walk to my hotel (the Hilton). I went to the station in a day or so in advance and was not able to buy the ticket (language and my confusion). Got the lady at the front desk of my hotel to buy the ticket.

Actually, in Moscow, it might have been bus to a train to the airport and then shuttle to the terminal. I think it was walk, subway, subway, subway, bus, train, shuttle.
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Mar 15th, 2011, 06:23 AM
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www.seat61.com train nice my fav more flexible cheaper safer.

Russia is not a good country to chance a flight on a new econo

Aeroflots safety record is not ideal either

They let their pilots drink vodka on the job.

A pilot was reported for drunkeness on a flight

by a tourist who was told not to worry because

"the airplane pratically flies itself"

Even scarier because it is a true story...

So Train for me best way to go.
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Mar 15th, 2011, 06:39 AM
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Just saw that airline name again for the first time. I wonder how many flies Fly Express has in its fleet.
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Mar 15th, 2011, 10:14 AM
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Two 733s and seven 735s. Average fleet age: 19.9yrs.
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Mar 15th, 2011, 09:05 PM
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Thanks, rk, but did they start out using flies, hence the name?
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